At the Master and Wardens' meeting on 20 May 2019 the Master brought two new Freemen into the Company. They were (from L-R in the photo):
Sam Woods a Director of Acclaim Handling Limited and Sidonie Warren a Director of Papersmiths.
We congratulate them on their new status as Freemen of the Company and look forward to welcoming them to events at the Hall
Mike Paterson, Director of London Historians, has written a blog about the once proposed livery hall for the Company of Newspaper Makers. You can read the blog here. Members will remember that an image of how the building was going to look was used as part of the promotional material for this year's Archive Evening which Mike attended. It is a stunning image of what would have been a stunning building and worth showing again here!
It was published as the cover of a brochure, c 1931, documenting the constitution of the Newspaper Makers Company and the plans for constructing a Company Hall. The tower of the new Hall was to ‘rise to a height of 277 feet [approx. 84m] from the pavement’, which would have made it the highest commercial building in the City of London at the time. It is odd to think that it would today be well and truly looked down upon by the new generation of tall buildings in The City many of which are more than double that height!
The Hall was absolutely full for the Charter Dinner which took place on 1 May 2019. This annual event which celebrates the granting of the Royal Charter in 1557 always features a guest speaker and this year was no exception with Christian May, Editor in Chief of City AM (see photo), addressing members and their guests. This year the Company was also absolutely delighted to welcome the CCF unit from Stationers' Crown Woods who provided the carpet guard - the first of many such visits we hope.
On Tuesday, 30 April the Stationers' Company was delighted to welcome the London Press Club to the Hall for their annual awards' ceremony. Many Stationers will already know that Court Assistant Doug Wills is their Chairman, and indeed we have many members in common. It was therefore good to see the Hall, which we think of as the heart and the home of the Communications and Content Industries being used for such a wonderful event. The icing on the cake was their special guest Sir David Attenborough who was named Londoner of the Year! Kate Silverton announced the contenders for awards and the winners and Nick Robinson, who presents the Today programme on BBC Radio 4, delivered the keynote speech. You can read about the winners and what Nick had to say here.
Doug and Chris Stone, Executive Producer, Video & Audio London Evening Standard, have very kindly made the following video available to the Company giving a great feel for the event
and of course showing the Hall in its glory! Click here to read the Evening Standard's report.
We are very much looking forward to 28 May 2019 when the winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize will be announced at Stationers' Hall. This prize, founded in 2003 in honour of Kim Scott Walwyn, former Publishing Director of OUP, recognises the professional achievements and promise of women who have worked in the UK publishing industry for up to seven years. Our congratulations go to those on the shortlist the full details of which can be read here.
Members are reminded to log in and click through to the Members Only area to find information about the Lord Mayor's Abseil Challenge in July and the Sheriffs' Ball in September. Both events are in aid of the Lord Mayor's Appeal.
Stationers were out in force at the Visual Media Conference in Leeds on 16 April.
Curated by Liveryman Robert McClements as President of the Creative Digital Industries, a Special Interest Group of the BPIF, the Visual Media Conference is an annual event with the same objectives as Stationers’ Digital Media Group. It is a free to attend celebration of all aspects of content and communications ranging from print to virtual reality. With over 300 attendees there was an open invitation to Stationers.
Attendees included Liveryman Michael Gardner, Robert McClements, Freeman Debbie Waldron-Hoines, Freeman Charles Jarrold, Freeman Richard Walker, and – with exhibition stands - Freeman Richard Mawson of CyanX and recent Freeman, Gurdev Singh from Northwolds Printers. With a headline presentation from Channel 4 and contributions from Sabine Geldermann, Directror of drupa and Beatrice Klose, Secretary General of Intergraf it was an event not to miss – make a diary note for 7 April 2020.
In the main photo at the top pf the page you can see from L-R: Robert McClements, Freeman Debbie Waldron-Hoines, Freeman Charles Jarrold, Freeman Richard Walker, Freeman Richard Mawson of CyanX and Mark Shaw.
Northern Stationers are extending an invitation to the annual free-to-attend lunch, on Yorkshire Day, on 1 August in Leeds. Watch for the invitation and help use these events to network with other Stationers and promote membership.
The Hall was full and buzzing last night as members and their guests eagerly awaited two presentations relating to the Stationers' Archive and Company history. In the Court Room there was an exhibition of material from the Archive relating to early English newspapers, the career of John Walter II and the amalgamation of the the Stationers with the Worshipful Company of Newspaper Makers (see photo below).
Our Archivist Dr Ruth Frendo then spoke about the importance of the decisions made to keep or not keep certain artifacts and of the symbolic (if futile) destruction of material (the burning of books not approved of, or even no longer approved of by the monarch) to give an impression of power. Ruth also pointed out how seemingly ordinary documents could cast a powerful light on what was really going in in society and all those attending were relieved to hear that Mary Ann Booth was granted her late husband's pension from the Company because it really was for her the difference between a life and a poverty so harsh as to be hardly a life at all.
The second presentation was from Past Master Christopher McKane who spoke about the "The Making of The Thunderer": the early years of the Times. It was especially interesting to have in the Hall a portrait of John Walter I from archive of the Times. It sat on the stage alongside the portrait of John Walter II which the Company has on loan from the Times Archives and which usually hangs in the Court Room. (See photo below).
Past Master McKane spoke from a position of deep knowledge and obvious passion and anyone who caught the John Walter bug at the event will be interested in the forthcoming book! Click here for details.
At the Master and Wardens’ meeting today, Monday 15 April, the Master made five people free of the Company. They were, from L-R in the photo:-
David Carroll, Founder and Coach, Coaching for Clarity and Performance
Clive Rodgers, Marketing Consultant, Rodgers Consultancy Specialists Ltd
Sarah Hodgson, Senior Editor, Adam Matthew Digital Ltd
John Yates, New Ventures Director/Group Director ILM, City and Guilds of London Institute
We look forward to welcoming them into Company life and to seeing them at the Hall again before too long.
Past Master Christopher McKane’s book The Thunderer - The Life and Times of John Walter II will be published in October 2019 by Phillimore Book Publishing – full details here. Produced to a high standard, with over 400 pages and colour and monochrome illustrations, many from The Times and Stationers’ Company archives, its recommended retail price is £40. However, for those responding to this offer, there is a special pre-publication price of £25 valid until 31 May 2019. To take advantage of this offer Members should login and click here to access the offer in the Members’ Only area of this website.